I am thinking about the attack on the Mosque and realize that it is not about hating Muslims; it is just about hate. Muslims are just the ‘flavour of the month’.
When my husband came from Scotland he was hated because he was an immigrant and spoke funny. The Jews know all about hate from ancient times. The First Nations were hated and abused from the first settlers. It has always been based on ignorance, fear of the unknown, , and need for power.
As long as those things are primary we will have horrors like last weekend. It is up to the parents to teach love, acceptance, and understanding of others, but how can they teach it if they have not learned it? Our educators and community leaders need to lead in communication with, and support of, those who are a bit different from the rest of the community. Otherwise we had better get back the gun registry because ‘people living in rural communities’ may be the next ‘flavour of the month'.
Roberta Docherty, Meaford